South Beach Park is a family-friendly recreational area with beautiful nature, a gorgeous white-sand beach, and all necessary facilities such as parking, restrooms, outdoor showers, and a pavilion with benches where visitors can relax and enjoy a scenic ocean view. It’s a good place to commune with nature and birdwatchers will be excited to see various species of small and larger birds across the park.
Location and Access
South Beach Park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset every day (sunset time is officially established by the U.S. Weather Bureau). The park is a day-use beach area so you can’t stay in a tent or trailer overnight.
The address of the park is 400 North State Road A1A in Boca Raton. There is a convenient spacious parking lot where you can pay with a credit card or in cash; the parking fee is $2 per hour.
Visitors can make use of clean restrooms (up the ramp), outdoor showers, and pavilion with benches overlooking the ocean. There are umbrella and chair rentals on the beach.
If you get hungry, you can go to one of the eating places just across the road. Unfortunately, there are no picnic facilities in the park. If you have brought your own food for a picnic, you can quickly reach Red Reef or Spanish River Park from here – both feature convenient picnic tables and grills.
The park features beach access allowing you to swim in the Atlantic Ocean. The sand is white and soft. The water is blue and crystal clear. The safest time to swim is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (from November to the middle of March) and from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. (from the middle of March through October) when there are professional lifeguards on duty. They are always friendly and attentive.
Flora and Fauna
The nature of South Beach Park is represented by native trees and shrubs on dunes, which successfully withstand the salt breeze and stabilize the sand. There are heavily foliaged areas where you can spot various species of small birds. Closer to the ocean, you have chances to see larger and more interesting web-footed birds. Please do not feed the animals in the park – it may harm them.
Many people come to South Beach Park to fish so you can also take your fishing rod and relax on the shore for hours while making a good catch. Just be aware that fishing is not allowed in the designated swimming areas during the lifeguard hours.
- 55 minutes from Miami, FL
- 2 hours 20 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
- 2 hours 55 minutes from Orlando, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near South Beach Park which you can visit: